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1 September 2014Columbia PicturesRobocop
9 September 2014Bottom Dog Theatre CompanyWhat Happened Bridgie Cleary
16 September 2014An Grianan Theatre CompanyFrank Pig Says Hello
19 September 2014Feile AfricaPiTAK
25 September 2014Marty Walsh PromotionsDolly Parton
26 September 2014Ger CareyGer Carey Live
27 September 2014Craic Theatre GroupThe Weir
3 October 2014Bare Bobkin Theatre CompanyThe Great Hunger
16 October 2014Big Guerilla ProductionsPadraig Potts Guide To Walking
1 November 2014Ballet IrelandSwan Lake
4 November 2014Aisling GhearMakaronik
7 November 2014LPR EntertainmentGet Rhythm
11 November 2014Harlem Gospel ChoirHarlem Gospel Choir
18-20 November 2014Young Once Theatre CompanyAll My Sons
21 November 2014Conal GallenLaugh and a Half

All shows start at 8pm unless otherwise stated
   
1st September 2014
 
Columbia Pictures
Robocop
 
In 2028 Detroit, when Alex Murphy - a loving husband, father and good cop - is critically injured in the line of duty, the multinational conglomerate OmniCorp sees their chance for a part-man, part-robot police officer.
 
   
9th September 2014
 
Bottom Dog Theatre Company Presents
What Happened Bridgie Cleary
By Tom MacIntyre
 
In 1895, Tipperary woman Bridget Cleary was burnt to death by her husband.
His defence? She was a fairy, replaced by a changeling. Her crime? Being a sensual independent woman who didn't conform to what was expected of her.
What Happened Bridgie Cleary by Tom MacIntyre is a poetic and dramatic interpretation of this important story. Starring Joanne Ryan (Ros na Rún) who was nominated this year for an Irish Times Theatre Award for her portrayal of Bridgie, alongside well-known actor Myles Breen and Pius McGrath.
With an original soundscape by Stephen Ryan (of the Choice Music Prize nominated band windings) and directed by John Anthony Murphy, this is another must see production from Limerick’s Bottom Dog Theatre company.
   
16th September 2014
 
An Grainan Theatre Company Presents
Frank Pig Says Hello
By Pat McCabe
 
From one of Ireland’s most daringly original writers, Frank Pig Says Hello, Patrick McCabe’s stage version of his acclaimed novel The Butcher Boy, first appeared as part of the 1992 Dublin Theatre Festival. The story focuses on the character of Francie Brady, a troubled boy struggling to come to terms with himself, his family and ultimately, his entire surroundings.

It is a poignant and provocative journey into the heart and mind of a young man driven beyond the boundaries of his mental and emotional health.  A black comedy, a grotesque fusion of story telling and role-play where over 30 characters are played by two versatile actors, the production offers a highly theatrical, visually inventive experience. Challenging but rewarding, humorous yet harrowing, Frank Pig Says Hello is at times breathtaking, often haunting and always hugely entertaining.
   
19th September 2014 
 
Feile Africa
PiTAK
 
 
With the extraordinary vocals of Ines Khai, Pitak bring the unique sound of Guadeloupe from the French-Caribbean to the people of Ireland. Pitak were formed in 2013 from Cork City’s incredibly diverse musical underground, with musicians from 3 continents reflecting the roots of Guadeloupean culture, a fusion of influences from Africa, Europe and The Americas. Playing a set sung entirely in French-Creole, with elements of Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Samba and West African rhythms, Ines Khai's voice rises above like an eagle soaring on the warm Caribbean breeze her emotive songs about the struggles of life and love in Guadeloupe illustrated by her dramatic stage presence. Ines commands the stage, and the audience, like a Guadeloupean Griot. Daniel Muyombo's restrained African style electric guitar (reminiscent of Orchestra Baobab) sits very comfortably beside the voice of Ines Khai echoing the songs’ lyrics in melodies that remain long after the concert has finished. Daniel is joined by fellow Congolese kit drummer 'Troca', bassist Jerome Rimson from Detroit & Patrick Naughton from Ireland playing djembes & percussion. 
   
25th September 2014 
 
Marty Walsh Promotions
Dolly Parton
 
Heidi McCaffrey Singing The Songs & Telling The Story Of Dolly Parton
Also Starring Richie Hayes
This is a fascinating story, which captures the achievements of this incredible woman, who created and performed some of the greatest and most instantly recognisable songs ever produced.
DOLLY PARTON:
Singer – songwriter – film Star.
One of 12 children, in a family where money was always scarce, Dolly Parton began her professional career at the tender age of 10. She made her grand Ole Opry debut 3 years later, and in 1971 had a first number one country hit with “Joshua”.
From then on success followed success, with Dolly gaining world wide recognition from hits such as Jolene, I will Always love you, 9-5, Here we go again which topped the country and pop charts. This song also brought Dolly her first Grammy award, and of course she won the country music award for best female vocalist in 1975 and 1976. Then there’s the hugely successful films 9-5 and the best little whore house in Texas, in which she starred and wrote the hits, an amazing woman, with an astonishing story of rags to riches and beautifully crafted songs.
   
26th September 2014
 
 
Ger Carey Live
 
Ger Carey is back with his hilarious stand-up comedy show for transition year students. By secretly observing his subjects in their natural habitat, such as leaning on lampposts, in chippers, outside chippers, in shopping centres and sitting on any kind of steps, Ger has uncovered the weird and frightening world of the teenager! The aim of the show is to get teenagers to laugh at themselves and appreciate the differences of others. Tickets are only €10 and teachers are free. Box-office: 059-9141333
   
27th September 2014
 
Craic Theatre Group Presents
The Weir
By Conor McPherson
 
The play opens in a rural Irish pub with Brendan, the publican and Jack, a car mechanic and garage owner. These two begin to discuss their respective days and are soon joined by Jim. The three then discuss Valerie, a pretty young woman from Dublin who has just rented an old house in the area.
Finbar, a businessman, arrives with Valerie, and the play revolves around reminiscence and the kind of banter which only comes about amongst men who have a shared upbringing. After a few drinks, the group begin telling stories with a supernatural slant, related to their own experience or those of others in the area, and which arise out of the popular preoccupations of Irish folklore: ghosts, fairies and mysterious happenings.
After each man (with the exception of Brendan) has told a story, Valerie tells her own: the reason why she has left Dublin. Valerie's story is melancholy and undoubtedly true, with a ghostly twist which echoes the earlier tales, and shocks the men who become softer, kinder, and more real. There is the hint that the story may lead to salvation and, eventually, a happy ending for two of the characters.
Finbar and Jim leave, and in the last part of the play, Jack's final monologue is a story of personal loss which, he comments, is at least not a ghostly tale but in some ways is nonetheless about a haunting.
The play is as much about lack of close relationships and missed connections as it is about anything else. The weir of the title is a hydroelectric dam on a nearby waterway that is mentioned only in passing as Finbar describes the local attractions to Valerie. It anticipates and symbolises the flow of the stories into and around each other.
 
   
3rd October 2014
 
Bare Bobkin Theatre Company
The Great Hunger
By Patrick Kavanagh

Generally considered to be Patrick Kavanagh’s finest work, "The Great Hunger" sharply delineates a life of economic and imaginative privation. A large part of the hunger the poem describes is sexual; its protagonist is bachelor farmer Patrick Maguire who has spent years at his mother’s beck and call. When she finally dies aged 91, he himself is 65 and has missed the boat in terms of finding a wife and having a family of his own, a source of acute sorrow and regret to him.
Peter Duffy himself grew up on a small Monaghan farm so has a ready affinity for Kavanagh’s material which informs and shines through his absorbing interpretation of the work.
“A treat for the ear, the eye and the imagination” Down Recorder
“..a finely-achieved and compelling production. Its conclusion was greeted with a standing ovation from the appreciative audience and the accolade was fully merited” Galway Advertiser
"Peter Duffy’s one-man performance of the poem is as epic as the work...softly spoken, with despair and regret pouring out of his being, Duffy hypnotises his audience; constantly drawing us into his tale. He captures all the lyricism of the verse and the emptiness of a man who has stood guard over an empty castle for far too long. Waterford News and Star
   
16th October 2014 
 
Big Guerilla Productions
Padraig Potts Guide To Walking
By Seamus O'Rourke
 
The play follows the life of Padraig Potts McKeirnan, from growing up near the tiny ruralvillage of Drumnamee, County Leitrim in the 70’s and 80’s  to falling in love with Silvia Lang, a perfect protestant girl... to marrying Mary Tague, the priests housekeeper and eventually to the realisation that the world isn’t as big as he first thought.
This is a story full of nos­tal­gia, inno­cence, olympic stan­dard sex and Holy Water salad dress­ing… funny and ten­der, per­formed by Sea­mus O’Rourke and beau­ti­fully directed by Char­lie McGuinness.
   
1st November 2014
 
Ballet Ireland
Swan Lake
 
Ballet Ireland is delighted to present a national tour of Swan Lake, one of the greatest love stories of classical ballet, to 26 theatres throughout Ireland.
This most famous of ballets, combines romantic themes, classical technique and ethereal imagery together with Tchaikovsky's majestic score, to ensure this masterpiece’s immortality.
Swan Lake tells the story of Odette, a beautiful princess, who by day is turned into a swan by evil magician Von Rothbart, only to regain her human form at night. Out hunting by the Lakeside, Prince Siegfried encounters her and falls in love with her. But will he be able to break Von Rothbart’s spell…?
This enduring story of love and tragedy, good and evil, and has enthralled audiences since it premiered in 1877.
This autumn 25 leading professional dancers from Ireland and abroad will perform in this breath-taking production which was loved by audiences and critics when last produced by Ballet Ireland.
‘Perfectly formed and translucent production of the romantic classic’
‘Clever touches with the choreography, performances and staging’
The Irish Times
‘Moving production…beautifully choreographed’
The Sunday Business Post
‘exuberant and beautiful production’
Irish Mail on Sunday

   
4th November 2014
 
Aisling Ghear
Makaronik
by Dave Duggan
 
A multi lingual science-fiction drama in Irish, English & Empirish
 
 
It’s 2084 and a world where ‘The Empire’ reigns supreme. Most European languages are forbidden. We’re introduced to the menacing wilderness that was once Belfast. Makaronik , the last woman standing, has been instructed by ‘The Centre’ to wrap up her archive and send back all remnants of the Irish language for ‘storage’. Diarmuid and Gráinne, two high level officials arrive to ensure that all goes smoothly and that Makaronik  comes back with them….. but will it all go as smoothly as planned? Futuristic yet rooted in an ancient tradition, think of Beckett’s Endgame, Ridley Scott’s Bladerunner  with just a hint of The Matrix. This play asks the big questions,  the relentless drive of technology as it makes the world seem smaller and asks what are we losing  out on? It’s also a story about home, security, and the basic human need to create family and community, even under the most alien of circumstances. A struggle that is at the beating heart of Makaronik
Footnotes:
Makaronik is derived from the Latin - macaronic where the mixing up of languages has a humorous or satirical intent
Empirish: think George Orwell’s ‘Newspeak’ or Star Trek’s ‘Klingon’ Language
   
7th November 2014
 
LPR Entertainment
Get Rhythm
 
‘Get Rhythm' are a group of 8 musicians from Co Cavan who are aiming to recreate the prison shows undertaken by Johnny Cash & his band in 1960's.
 
This is the most authentic Johnny Cash/June Carter tribute in Ireland making them the No1 sought after Cash act in the Country.
Get Rhythm have appeared on Ireland AM, performed in Prisons, sold out shows nationwide, performed at Electric Picnic and recently embarked on a 14 night UK Tour in July 2014.
 
Get Rhythm has received direct praise from the Cash/Carter family for their authentic tribute show and look forward to collaborating with the Cash Family in the future.
 
Following the successful prison tour, this 8 piece band (replicating the classic Cash, Tennessee Three, Carter Family and Carl Perkins line-up) are now taking their performance to venues playing songs from throughout Cash's career. Paul McCann will be recreating the role of Johnny Cash and June Carters vocal duties will be performed by Louise O’Reilly.
   
11th November 2014
 
 
Harlem Gospel Choir
 
Having performed for Nelson Mandela at the Yankee Stadium, for the Pope in Central Park, with the Chieftains on their US tour and on U2's “Rattle and Hum” album, film and tour, the Harlem Gospel Choir will, once again, return to Ireland for an extensive tour.
The world famous Harlem Gospel Choir was formed in 1988 and made its highly successful debut at New York's Cotton Club the same year. The Choir draws its core singers from various black churches in the Harlem community, who share the common aim of bringing about a better understanding of African/American culture. Founder member, Allen Bailey has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years. He was promotional director for major recording artists including Lionel Ritchie and the Commodores, Prince, Michael Jackson, Mr. T, and Isaac Hayes. He was chairman for the Martin Luther King Holiday campaign and it was through this work that the Harlem Gospel Choir was born.
Their songs of inspiration touch the depths of the soul and raise spirits to angelic heights. The Choir devotes his time to spreading the joy of faith throughout the world. This is not to be missed and promises to sell out quickly.
   
18th 19th & 20th November 2014
 
Young Once Theatre Company
All My Sons
By Arthur Miller
 
All My Sons is Arthur Miller’s 20th century classic play about social responsibility set against personal gain.
The aftermath of the depression and further to that the Second World War left a huge imprint on American Life. There was an intense desire to live comfortably, to be settled, to be stable, to be normal. To live an idyllic suburban life. It's a desire that grips many families even to this day.
“You wanted money so I made money. Why must I be forgiven?" –
Joe Keller, it seems has achieved this idyllic suburban life as he sits peacefully in the morning sun reading the Sunday paper.  Neighbours come and go, children have free reign to run and play. Not even the toppling of an apple tree brings out much of a reaction – but merely described as ‘a pity’ what happened to the tree.
When things look too perfect and too good to be true, they usually are. Miller is specific and purposeful with how he presents the characters in the opening moment of the play. The sacrifice to obtain suburban life is one of All My Sons dominant themes. This is more than a following of The American Dream where individuals attempt to achieve success no matter what sacrifices has to be made many of which are rather horrifying. This is a specific type of success: the suburban lifestyle.
All My Sons tells the story of a family slowly, almost imperceptibly, disintegrating under the weight of family secrets too painful to discuss.
   
21st November 2014
 
Conal Gallen
Laugh and a Half
 
Due to the phenomenal success of Conal’s comedy play “A Bit On The Side”, available dates are few and far between so for 2014 Conal has had to condense his stand up tour into a few very limited number of shows and the Garage Theatre is the place to see him.
Don’t miss out on this rare chance to see Conal performing his hilarious new show – Laugh and A Half and see why he really is Ireland’s funniest man!